Marina Comes to Sydney

This June Marina Abramovic is bringing her raging ego to Sydney.  She’s delivering a new work for Kaldor Public Art Projects entitled Marina Abramovic: In Residence, which basically involves her hanging out at Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay and teaching people a series of ‘mind-expanding’ exercises known as the Marina Abramovic Method.  (The video above features Gaga practising said method, try not to laugh too much, it’s SERIOUS STUFF).  MONA are going to be presenting an Abramovic retrospective at the same time too.  Hopefully it includes lots of her old work (like the classic Art Must Be Beautiful vid below), before she totally lost the plot.

Marina Comes to Sydney

Orlan & Co. vs Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga (left) and Orlan (right)
Lady Gaga and Orlan 

French carnal artist Orlan is taking Gaga to court for plagiarism.  Orlan is demanding $31.7 million worth of the profits from the album and video for Gaga’s ‘Born this way’, claiming that she stole the aesthetic of the artist’s 1996 sculpture ‘Femme Avec Tête’ (Woman With Head).

Left: one of Gaga's meat numbers.  Right:
One of Gaga’s meat numbers (left) and Sterbak’s 1987 work ‘Vanitas…’ (right):

Cheeky Gaga’s pilfered ideas from the visual arts before.  The infamous meat dress she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards was uncannily similiar to Canadian artist Jana Sterbak’s 1987 work ‘Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anoretic’ (above).  She’s riffed on Marina Abramović, Marilyn Minter, H.R. Giger and Matthew Barney too.  Girl’s gotta get some new material…

Orlan & Co. vs Lady Gaga

Deitch Projects former Executive Director opens new gallery

'Cyclops Trannies' an installation by assume vivid astro focus in the office of Suzanne Geiss

Suzanne Geiss (Executive Director at Deitch Projects from 1997 until its closure in 2010) is launching a new gallery at Deitch’s former headquarters at 76 Grand Street, New York.  Suzanne Geiss Company opens next week by appointment only with ‘Cyclops Trannies’, an installation in Geiss’s office by assume vivid astro focus (avaf) a.k.a. Eli Sudbrack and  Christophe Hamaide Pierson – regulars in the Deitch Projects program.

Gaga-endorsed stick on nails

avaf have just finished developing ‘Gaga’s Workshop’ – a major collaboration with Lady Gaga for Barneys’  2011 holiday campaign.  The department store  is plying a whole bunch of Gaga-endorsed products like the flaming nails above (only US$225 a pop!) in a dedicated space designed by avaf at their Madison Avenue store that opens tomorrow. And if you’re into this sort of stuff, you can buy it online here.

Deitch Projects former Executive Director opens new gallery

Abramovic to Direct LA MOCA Gala

Lady Gaga plays a piano designed by Damien Hirst at the 2009 LA MOCA Gala

Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović  has been appointed the Artistic Director of the 2011 Gala at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.  She is responsible for programming an evening of music and performance that will feature an as yet undisclosed ‘guest musician’.  Given that former AD Doug Aitken roped in Beck and Devendra Banhart last year and Francesco Vezzoli got Gaga to jam on a piano painted by Damien Hirst the year before, I’m guessing it’s going to be HUGE.

Abramovic to Direct LA MOCA Gala

Gaga – Repeat Offender

Left: still from Gaga's music video, 'Bad Romance'. Right: still from Matthew Barney's 'Cremaster 3'

Of course, Pieter Hugo isn’t the only contemporary artist who’s been a victim of plagiarism – witness the repeat offending of Lady Gaga, who’s adopted the work of Marina Abramović, Marilyn Minter, H.R. Giger and Matthew Barney (above) to name but a few.  Check out her other ‘homages’ here.

Gaga – Repeat Offender

Gaga tied up and shot

Lady Gaga shot by Nobuyoshi Araki for Vogue Hommes Japan

Famed Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Arakai recently photographed Lady Gaga for Vogue Hommes Japan.  A multitude of women have passed before the 70-year-old’s lens in various states of undress, bound in complex configurations of rope (known as ‘kinbaku’) and peppered with plastic reptiles symbolic of the artist’s alter-egos.  Araki’s work is undeniably erotic (and sometimes tender) and the power of his photographs lies in the sexually charged  interactions they imply.   But sensuality is sapped from his photographs of Gaga.

Lady Gaga shot by Nobuyoshi Araki for Vogue Hommes Japan

Araki is an auteur, his images are carefully staged and the sitter is presented according to the artist’s particular sensibility.  But Gaga has other ideas.  She’s consumed by her own celebrity and, disappointingly, it’s this sentiment that shines through.   Araki described the shoot as ‘intense’, with the pop star repeatedly asking to be tied up.  Despite this, the photographs are pedestrian.  Time for Gaga to pull out another meat dress

Gaga tied up and shot